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Welsh fee ban passes into law

17 May 2019

On 15 May the Renting Homes (Fees etc.) (Wales) Bill received Royal Assent. It is now an Act and will come into force on 1 September 2019. Read More...

One third of UK companies have no whistleblowing system

17 May 2019

Thirty five percent of UK companies have no system in place for employees to raise concerns about behaviour of colleagues, but it has a more firmly entrenched culture that other European countries. Read More...

Post-Brexit Right to Rent guidance issued

16 May 2019

New guidance on Right to Rent checks for EU citizens after Britain leaves the European Union has been published by the UK government. Read More...

Scottish Letting Agent Registration figures released

Friday 01 March 2019

The Scottish Government have confirmed 367 agents have had their applications approved and have now been issued with a Letting Agent Registration Number (LARN). This is on a total of only 889 applications received to date.

There are currently another 100 applications in progress and the Scottish Government have requested these agents exhibit the relevant documentation which supports their application.

Over 50 applications have been received from agents who are operating without a client account and the Government are doing everything possible to make sure these agents will have one in place once the time period limit to process an application, the 2 October 2019, arrives.

So far 97 business who have not submitted a registration application have been investigated.  67 of those have been issued with compliance letters and 1 issued with a power to obtain a further information order.

Further action

The Scottish Government are encouraging sector engagement and further information on those that are suspected to be operating as an agent but haven’t applied for registration. Share your information with Daryl McIntosh or direct to the Government Dept. 

Helpful information

Members can download our unique Fact Sheet, that breaks down the legislation and what exactly agents and property managers must do. Log in and download the Fact Sheet.

As an extra help, the ‘Safe Guarding Your Money’ leaflet is available to purchase from our online shop, which you can distribute to your landlords and their tenants.

News article - Scottish letting agents must ensure that they have joined the Register of Letting Agents, or they’ll be breaking the law.